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Libs block ethics committee

An unusual event occurred this week as the Ethics Committee convened in Ottawa to vote on calling Federal Ethics Commissioner Mario Dion to appear before the committee.

He will be asked to appear in relation to the his recent ethics report that concluded:

  • "The Prime Minister, directly and through his senior officials, used various means to exert influence over Ms. Wilson‑Raybould. The authority of the Prime Minister and his office was used to circumvent, undermine and ultimately attempt to discredit the decision of the Director of Public Prosecutions as well as the authority of Ms. Wilson‑Raybould as the Crown's chief law officer,"

At this ethics committee meeting Green Party leader Elizabeth May stated:

“This is really scandalous, the Prime Minister is guilty here of the kind of offence in which resignation is appropriate.” 

She also clarified that she was not making a direct request for a resignation.

Despite the Green party, NDP, Conservatives and even one Liberal MP voted for the Ethics Commissioner to appear before the Committee, the Liberal majority blocked this from occurring.

The fact that a non-partisan, independent officer, who was appointed by the Prime Minister, is now blocked by the Liberal majority from appearing at an all-party Parliamentary Committee is deeply troubling and raises serious concerns. 

We know that the Ethics Commissioner has publicly stated that he was also blocked from receiving required information to view “the entire body of evidence” when preparing his latest report.

We also know that claims from the Trudeau Liberals that the improper pressure applied to the former Attorney General was “all about jobs” is patently false.  

The report from Mr. Dion, titled Trudeau II, confirmed that Finance Minister Bill Morneau admitted that no study was ever undertaken to validate any potential job losses that have been repeatedly claimed by the Government.

It also known that while Mr. Trudeau has stated publicly that the “buck stops with him,” the report reveals privately that:

  • “Mr. Trudeau's counsel argued that even if his ministerial staff and the Clerk of the Privy Council act on behalf of the Prime Minister when engaging with other ministers or their representatives, Mr. Trudeau cannot be vicariously liable for the actions of his staff…”

This suggests that if whatever information the Ethics Commissioner has been denied by government officials becomes public, the Prime Minister could potentially attempt to place blame on his staff.

In other words, this smells like a cover-up.

My question for this week: 

  • Does the Liberal's blocking Ethics Commissioner Mario Dion from appearing before the Ethics Committee concern you?

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Dan Albas, Conservative member of Parliament for the riding of Central Okanagan-Similkameen-Nicola, is the shadow minister of innovation, science, economic development and internal trade, and sits on the standing committee on finance.

Before entering public life, Dan was the owner of Kick City Martial Arts, responsible for training hundreds of men, women and youth to bring out their best.

In British Columbia, Dan has been consistently one of the lowest spending MPs on office and administration related costs despite operating two offices to better serve local constituents.

Dan is consistently recognized as one of Canada’s top 10 most active members of Parliament on Twitter (@danalbas) and continues to write a weekly column published in many local newspapers and on this website.

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